The aim of artistic and quality assessment 

Artistic and quality assessments provide a fair, robust and transparent platform for discussions about the quality of work produced by organisations that the Arts Council regularly funds. This helps the Arts Council develop a broader evidence base to inform funding decisions and for reporting on the extent to which we are meeting our stated Goal 1: Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries.

The assessor's role is to experience the work of our funded organisations (for example, a show, a concert, an exhibition or a publication) and each time to write a report for the Arts Council assessing the quality of that work. Artistic and quality assessments are shared with the arts organisations and may provide a useful context for their own conversations about quality.

Assessors come from a range of backgrounds, including artists, arts managers, journalists, academics, museum specialists and others.

From October 2014 the Artistic and Quality Assessment programme is expanding to incorporate three new areas of work: 

  • work programmed by NPOs
  • participatory work by NPOs
  • Major partner museums and quality assessment

The names of and short biographies of the assessors can be found below.

You can download further guidance on artistic assessment in PDF and Word format (updated October 2014)

Assessor biographies

Download the artistic assessors' biographies in Word or PDF format below.

A-D  A-D

E-H  E-H  

I-L   I-L   

M-P  M-P

Q-T  Q-T

U-Z  U-Z